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WhatsApp Working to Add Fingerprint Security for New Web Sessions, Latest Beta Fixes ‘Recently Used Emoji’ Issue

WhatsApp is working on a feature to ensure that no one secretly creates a new session when temporarily using your phone.

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WhatsApp Working to Add Fingerprint Security for New Web Sessions, Latest Beta Fixes ‘Recently Used Emoji’ Issue

WhatsApp bumps Android beta version to 2.20.200.10

Highlights
  • This fingerprint security feature is still under development
  • WhatsApp may not see it even if on latest beta
  • WhatsApp new beta fixes an emoji deletion issue as well

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that allows users to secure a new WhatsApp Web session using their fingerprint. This looks to improve the overall security of your chats, keeping others from creating new web sessions without your knowledge. This new feature was spotted to be under development in the latest beta. The new WhatsApp for Android update also brings a fix for a bug that erased recently used emojis every time an update was installed on the app.

WABetaInfo has dug into the latest WhatsApp 2.20.200.10 beta for Android to discover that the instant messaging platform is working on the ability for users to confirm the creation of a new WhatsApp Web session using their fingerprint. This feature essentially looks to elevate the privacy and security of users ensuring that no one secretly creates a new session when temporarily using your phone. The tracker says that WhatsApp is currently working to implement the feature and it will be available in a future update. This means you may not be able to spot it even if you're on the latest update.

The latest WhatsApp 2.20.200.10 beta for Android update also brings bug fixes for a ‘Recently Used Emojis' issue that plagued several versions after 2.20.200. The bug erased all recently used emojis every time a WhatsApp update was installed. This bug has reportedly been fixed with the WhatsApp 2.20.200.10 beta for Android update.

The recent WhatsApp 2.20.200.6 beta for Android update a few days ago introduced a new sticker pack called Usagyuuun in the default sticker list inside the app. This animated sticker pack has been created by Quan Inc and is live for all new beta users on Android. This pack has a white cartoon character that depicts feelings of joy, anxiety, sadness, love, and a lot more. WhatsApp is also reportedly working on bringing a new Wallpaper section with the ability to set different wallpapers for different chats.


In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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